Entries for month: October 2013

USA-SOS Internet Challenge

October 24, 2013 ·

Whenever I thought of the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation, I automatically thought of timed online quizzes. That was all.

However, everything changed as I became one of their new employees. My dim outlook on the scholarships and the organization as a whole started to beam with a new, radiating light. CKSF is not just involved in online-based quiz scholarships, which I highly recommend, but also in programs designed for younger students to learn about internet safety and overall preparedness for what awaits them in this new, constantly developing, technological era.

Thus, I began to look into all these offered programs and had one significantly stand out. The Safe Online Surfing challenge is a free program offered nationwide to both public and private schools. This Challenge ultimately teaches children within grades three to eight to highlight the necessity for internet surfing training and unfortunate outcomes that could happen without this training. It is designed to meet federal and state internet safety mandates and therefore the program asks students to take web-based quizzes and complete an online Scavenger Hunt to not only learn, but also test the knowledge base. Then, at the end of December and May, the USA-SOS National Trophy is awarded to schools that had the higher scoring students.

The program starts at the beginning of every September and January to facilitate teachers planning out their curriculum and programs.

Registration for the program can easily be done in five minutes for both teachers and student at the Programs official website: http://usa-sos.org/

While the student engages in the program, they will be asked to take a pre-quiz to test their prior knowledge on the subject, followed by a scavenger hunt full of videos and fun activities to engage the students while they learn about online safety, followed by a post-quiz to review the students’ final results.

The topics discussed in the program include passwords, privacy, recording, cyber-bullying, netiquette, virus protection, copyright, reputable sites, plagiarism, online predators, email, chat rooms, instant messaging, cell phones, social networking, gaming, and even sexting. Clearly, it’s an informative program that I myself even registered as a faculty member here at CKSF. I learned more than I thought I would and I’m already in College! This education is priceless and might really be able to significantly impact student outlook on the web to a better, safe one.

Don’t hesitate to look up further information on the website. If any questions come up while you read the site, notice that on the upper right corner there’s a link to contact someone who can better help you. Take advantage of the USA-SOS program!


Bullying in the Law Begins at J.P. Taravella High School

October 04, 2013 ·







On October 4, 2013, the NJROTC at J.P. Taravella High School in South Florida was the first school to implement the Bullying and the Law program. 

Bridget Guerrero, CKSF's Director of Marketing and Promotions and a former NJROTC Cadet of J.P. Taravella High School, is proud to bring the bullying program to her previous school. Guerrero met with the school principal and the NJROTC Commander to discuss the program and how it would benefit the students.

The cadets at J.P. Taravella High School are proud to be the first students to operate the program.

About the Program

Florida Bullying and the Law is a scholarship quiz all about the Florida anti bullying law as well as the federal civil rights law and the consequences of being arrested for bullying. 

For more information, visit the Bullying and the Law website

Tags: CKSF News

Know Your Fish for Scholarships

October 03, 2013 ·

Finally the most convenient way to earn money toward further education has a great opportunity for marine biology enthusiasts! The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation recently released another scholarship for the month of October: the Marine Biology Scholarship,partnered with Guy Harvey. For those of you that don’t know, CKSF focuses on providing simple, fair, and legitimate scholarship opportunities to all levels through everyday knowledge based quizzes, all without the aggravating essay, GPA, and application requirements. No, this is not a scam, it’s every student’s dream come true!  

High school students with an interest in marine biology across the United States can first register at www.cksf.org, and once registered will find the requirements to win the grand prize of $250 and some awesome Guy Harvey memorabilia, available October 1-29. Participants have access to the www.namethatfish.net database as well as a “cheat sheet” to help with each of the four initial quizzes in the challenge round. Easy enough, right!? What’s even better is that the “cheat sheet” study guides give students the exact information that will be on the test, and everyone has  a chance, so low scorers at first can always become winners! Since most students may not feel like continuing on to the second, third, and fourth rounds, those with persistence have the chance to win special Guy Harvey prizes if they score in the top 25%! Only the students with the highest overall scores move on to the championship round, available November 6-8.  

Who knew getting scholarships could be so simple? Backed by one of the most reliable scholarship foundations, the Marine Biology Scholarship is the perfect opportunity for any high school student who loves fish and earning money off what he or she knows best! For more information on the quiz requirements, visit www.cksf.org.

Tags: CKSF News

The New Key Club Challenge Scholarship is Now Ready

October 01, 2013 ·

Key Club members across the country are excited to participate in the fourth Key Club Challenge, taking place in October, 2013. What started out as a local scholarship in South Florida is expanding into a national scholarship for all high school students in the United States.

The Key Club Challenge (KCC) is a free program for all high school students about Kiwanis' history, mission, objectives, Servant Leadership Programs, and major past projects to become better leaders within the community.

After meeting resistance on a local level, Key Club Member Nick Azcarate still believed that the KCC should be implemented at every high school in the country, “I served as the president of my Key Club, and I saw, firsthand, the effects on the members at my school. Attendance at meetings and events skyrocketed, allowing for us to have a very successful year. Taking on the scholarship was tough; I had to raise the funds for the scholarship myself, but I know it will be worth it in the end.”

Students who continually serve their communities can now be recognized for their dedication. Each high school participates as one team, and the highest scoring team wins a trophy and certificates. The highest scoring individual in the overall competition earns the title of ‘KCC National Champion’ and receives a $500 scholarship, which may be used at the college of the winner’s choice.

Every high school student in the country, regardless of whether he/she is a Key Club member, may participate. Key Clubs can use this as a membership recruitment tool to reinforce their current and future leaders with the values of Kiwanis International.

The winning team may be recognized by their sponsoring Kiwanis Club and the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation.

Registration is now opened at www.cksf.org and students can take the quiz between October 7 and October 18, 2013.

Tags: CKSF News

Voice Contestant a Client of NSU's Sandra Brown

October 01, 2013 ·

Voice Contestant a Client of NSU Alumna

The Voice (1), a popular NBC reality television singing competition, showcases the talents of hopeful stars to be. This season, one voice (2) stands out among the rest.

Tessanne Chin (3) is a 28 year old woman from Kingston, Jamaica. She has a very strong musical background, growing up with multiple family members being musically inclined. She has worked with a few famous artists in Jamaica, including Jimmy Cliff. Tessanne (4) toured with and was a backup singer for him for three years before breaking off to begin her own solo career. 

A Nova Southeastern University alumna, Sandra Brown (5), is a proud sponsor of multiple scholarships created by the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF). She is a personal friend and the entertainment attorney for Tessanne. 

Keep an eye out for this up and coming star!

(1) The Voice Link - http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/

(2) Tessanne’s Voice Page - http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/tessanne-chin/

(3) Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TessanneMusic

(4) Twitter - https://twitter.com/Tessanne

(5) Sandra Brown’s Law page - http://www.slbpc.com/

YouTube Video of Performance - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu34S07okgI

Wikipedia Biography - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tessanne_Chin

Jamaica Observer Article - http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tessanne-Chin-on-a-musical-high_15138382